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Questions tagged [eu]

For questions relating to the European Union as an economic and political entity.

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Schengen visa for non-EU spouse of EU citizen

Most of the already posted questions were about traveling between EU countries. In my case I would like to visit Austria with my South African wife. We got married over 20 years ago in Austria, lived ...
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Length of stay as tourist in another European country, as Schengen/EU/EEA citizen

I am a Schengen (and EU/EEA) citizen, and I am taking a sabbatical. I would like to travel across Europe and I was wondering how long I can stay in each of the other Schengen/EU/EEA country as a ...
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Are “violation points” applied to EU licences outside of their home country?

Assuming I have a Czech license and break a minor law in Germany which incurs me a certain number of "violation points" (e.g. speeding), would those points be eventually transferred to my Czech ...
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During long on-train delays, what (if anything) should EU long distance operators be doing?

I'm aware that, under the Flight Delay Compensation Regulation (EC) No 261/2004, airlines flying to the EU, and EU airlines flying from the EU have certain obligations in the event of delays. Is ...
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One-way ticket travelling to EU with non-EU wife and children

I am a Greek citizen, my wife is Colombian (does not require a visa to enter the union for 90 days), our children are Australian citizens (they don't require a visa to enter the union for 90 days) (...
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Are there any catches/gotcha's with UK 3's 200mb/month free in Europe?

A few months ago, the UK arm of 3 launched a new data-only pay-as-you-go plan offering 200mb/month free. In theory, you order the sim online for free for posting to a UK address, or pay £1 for one ...
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Which European countries accept an expired national French ID?

I am French and I have a national ID card that expired recently. France extended the validity of this card and it is now valid for 15 years (instead of 10). Many European countries (the EU I think) ...
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Pet Travel: UK to Romania by Car

I have a road trip planned in July (England - France - Belgium - Netherlands - Germany - Austria - Hungary - Romania and back) on which I will be taking our three dogs, but I am wondering if there are ...
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Travelling from Bulgaria to UK via Turkey, will I have issues with tobacco products bought from the EU?

So basically I will travel from Sofia, Bulgaria to UK, but I have a layover in Turkey. Previously I've flew the Bulgaria-UK route, but only within the EU borders. Usually when I do so, I buy ...
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Non-EU spouse of an EU citizen - is visiting EU without needing a visa possible?

I have a relative who has an EU passport. They emigrated out of the EU many years ago and have married (in Australia) an Australian citizen. They are planning on travelling around EU/Europe later this ...
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Is there a POI file with lat/long of mailboxes in the EU?

Whenever I am abroad I fail to send postcards, mainly because I often fail to find a mailbox. Since sending postcards from home doesn't feel good, it would really help if there is a file with lat/lon ...
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After Brexit, will the EU recognize British passports that are valid for more than ten years?

This morning on TV a presenter said that after Brexit the EU would not accept passports that over ten years from date of issue to date of expiration. I go on holiday on 28/03 the day before Brexit and ...
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Leaving the UK before Brexit and re-entering after Brexit as a EU citizen [closed]

I am an EU citizen currently living in the UK. On the 29th of March I need to get a flight to Dublin, and I'll come back the 31st. Is there anything I should be worried about considering that the ...
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Is a traveller's allowance to drive on their native driving license renewable between EU countries?

An American citizen is resident in the UK and has not driven since her arrival. She has lived in the UK for long enough that she no longer qualifies as a visitor allowed to drive in the UK on her ...
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Can I drive a Dutch friend's car in the Netherlands?

Rumours go that as a non-resident it is forbidden to drive a Dutch registered car in the Netherlands, with rental cars being the exception. The rumours continue that this even applies to Dutch ...
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Under what conditions can I take duty free liquids from outside the EU through EU airport security?

In know that if I buy duty free liquids in one EU airport, and have them sealed in the special security bags with the receipt shown, I can take them through security at other EU airports the same day. ...
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Is there a way to fast-track a “Subject Access Request (SAR)” in the EU?

Sometimes a person wants to find out what information a member state is keeping on them. They may be contemplating a visa application, or a judicial review, or visiting one or more member states and ...
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When my flight is cancelled in EU, can I insist that the airline arrange a hotel for me?

The Short Version My flight within the EU is cancelled and I am stranded in a city. The airline offers me an alternative flight the next day, which I accept, necessitating a night in a local hotel. ...
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VAT refund for a conference ticket in Sweden

I've purchased a conference ticket online for 6500 SEK (including VAT). The conference will take place in Sweden. As a non-EU resident, can I refund VAT from this purchase? Either online or visiting ...
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Does applying for a multiple entry Schengen visa instead of a single entry the first time hurt my chances of a visa getting granted?

While applying for a Schengen visa, an option is given to choose between a single entry visa or a multiple entry visa. There isn't any published policy on this, but if it's the first time time I'm ...
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Does a non-EU Spouse of a UK national need a visa to visit the Schengen area?

I am a British national resident in the UK. My wife is Jordanian, resident in the UK with me. She has a UK biometric residency permit. We were married in the UK and the marriage is registered in the ...
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What good is travel insurance?

I am non-EU citizen living in Europe for number of years. I have been an extensive traveller within EU countries. I have often wondered what the good of travel insurance is when travelling within ...
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How do EU citizens claim healthcare bills in the Netherlands with the EHIC?

I know that when one has a European Health Insurance Card, he can get free or discharged treatment in all EU (+ few other) countries. This is quite clear. However, I'm interested in what is the ...
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What documents are required to enter Poland with a dog from outside the EU?

We are travelling by car from Moscow, Russia to Europe. We will be crossing the Belarus-Poland borders, and a little dog (a yorkshire) is travelling with us. Which documents do we need for the dog?
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How do I prove excessive quantity of goods are for my personal use?

Europe has this regulation of certain amount of certain goods you can cary while traveling between EU countries. For example you can carry 800 cigarettes, 90 litres of wine etc. Now some EU ...
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How to locate a bucolic camp site when on the road in the EU?

Is there a way to identify a bucolic camping when you are on the road and you don't manage to reach you final destination in one day. I usually have camping gear with me, but when I need to spent the ...
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Can you do the annual required technical control in another EU country than your own when doing a road trip in Europe?

If you plan to do a an extensive road-trip through Europe, which will last multiple months, could you do the required annual technical control in another EU country than your country of residence? ...
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Car damage caused by potholes in the EU, what to do?

I'm driving often with my own car abroad (EU) and even on highways there are potholes. What can I do if my car gets damaged? Is there an EU-regulation or is it different in every country? What should ...
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Visiting Monaco as an EU citizen — what to think about?

I've never been outside of EU, so I could really use some advice before I put myself in a bad situation. I'm thinking about going to Monaco for vacation for a couple of days at the end of June. If ...
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Do I need a (European Auto Insurance) Green Card while driving inside the EU?

I purchased a new car and have registered it in Germany. I want to use it to travel to the Czech Republic, but I haven't received the Green Card from my car insurance company. Would this be a ...
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Travelling from Portugal to Finland - is it recommended to get a passport?

This summer I will be travelling to Helsinki (and staying there for about a week). While both countries belong to the EU, and so I am not obliged to get a passport, I know that not having one can make ...
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Is my cell phone operator allowed to limit my EU data roaming?

My Norwegian cellular provider has given me a two month deal where I can use 50 GB of cellular data per month. After this 50 GB limit, I have unlimited data, but at very low speeds. I traveled to ...
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Does the EU flight delay compensation apply to connecting flights as well?

There has recently been a question about a traveler who missed his connecting flight within the EU and was forced to take a different flight at a later time. In that scenario, would the EU's flight ...
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Is an identity card issued to a non-citizen an acceptable document to travel within the EU?

Suppose an EU citizen is resident of another member state and gets issued a national identity card identical to the ones citizens get there. (If that is not concrete enough to answer the question, ...
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Restrictions for an EU citizen travelling through EU and working along the way?

I am citizen of a country in the EU, I want to fund my travelling within EU by working in other countries. Would I need a Work Permit to gain employment in another EU country? I only expect to do ...
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Can I transport bullet caps on a flight within the EU?

I am traveling from Germany to Bulgaria over the upcoming holidays. Information: My uncle is a hunter and wants me to bring him some bullet caps that are not available in Bulgaria. I would transport ...
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Customs declaration when traveling to Germany

I'm a German citizen currently living in the USA. When I now visit Germany for a vacation, what items I bought in the USA do I have to declare at the customs? These items however are not staying in ...
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Denmark/Greenland: Entering the EU without crossing a national border

Greenland is a part of Denmark, but it is not a part of the EU. At Copenhagen airport customs is arranged to distinguish "Domestic/EU" arrivals and "Non-EU" arrivals. As non-EU, domestic arrivals ...
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Renew passport with visa

My wife's passport will expire in May 2013 but we are planning on going to Spain at the end of December. I read that you need a passport with at least 6 months validity so I'm wondering if she can ...
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Do EU residents need an A1 certificate for any short business trip in another EU country?

This question seems to be of relevance to all business travelers in the EU. The background of this question is as follows: I work at a university in the EU (Germany). Today there came an email that ...
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After EEA family permit refusal, will we be allowed in the UK as tourists?

We're in Brazil, planning a trip to the UK. I have a Portuguese passport as well, and have been living and working the UK for the past 5 years. I came to Brazil 2 years ago for work and kept going ...
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Preparing for Greece to Exit the EU (Grexit)

This question is partially informed by Tourist SOS… Sunscreen, hat and emergency Grexit preparedness!, which appeared on June 21 and starts and ends as below (emphasis mine): The U.K. Foreign ...
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Is a residence permit required for an accompanied (newborn) minor to leave the EU?

My son was born in Sweden 5 months back. I am taking him to India this month on vacation. He has his Indian passport but no residence permit yet (applied and waiting for decision). Will I face any ...
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How do I get compensation for a delayed flight?

I am in dispute with Easyjet about a delayed flight, but we have reached an impasse. My flight was delayed taking off from Gatwick. According to the website flightaware.com it landed at its ...
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Fee for taking cash out of the EU

I read on the European Commission website that if I bring more than €10000 with me when I leave the EU on a flight, then I have to make a declaration at the customs. In this case, is there any ...
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Do I have to buy my travel insurance in the UK?

If I live in UK and it is a member of the EU, do I have to buy my travel insurance from a UK insurance company or can I buy it from an insurance company in another EU member country?
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What are the exact rules of temporarily importing personal items when entering the EU as a visitor?

The European Commision website mentions that: If you enter the EU from a non-EU country, goods having no commercial character in your personal luggage can be imported free of customs duties, ...
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Delay compensation for multi-legged flight

If I was on a flight from India to England via Kuwait, and the India -> Kuwait leg is delayed (by 5 hours), causing the Kuwait -> England leg to be delayed by 24 hours, is compensation still payable? ...
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What is the tax-free amount of gas I can bring to Lithuania from Kaliningrad?

I am planning a trip from Kaliningrad to Tallinn. Since gasoline in Russia is cheaper than in Lithuania, it is useful to fill up a canister and bring it across the border to the Schengen zone. What ...
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Can I buy “non-EU destination” priced duty-free when connecting through a second EU airport?

At many (most?) EU airports, some items in the duty free shop show different prices for people flying to EU vs non-EU destinations, and some items simply aren't for sale to people flying within the EU....